When your building consent has been processed and approval granted, any costs over and above the deposit will be invoiced and posted to you. Similarly, if the deposit paid is greater than the cost of the consent, those monies will be refunded. The consent will not be released until any outstanding fees are paid.
One set of plans needs to be provided at the time of application which will be returned to you with your building consent. These plans will be stamped with an Approval stamp, they must be kept on site at all times, and are to be made available to the inspector upon request.
Your consent becomes ‘issued’ on the date you collect it. Building work should begin within twelve months of this date or your consent will lapse and no longer be valid. You should complete the work and apply for a ‘Code Compliance Certificate’ within two years of the issue date. In either case you may apply to the Council for an extension of time if your circumstances change and you need a bit more time to complete the project.